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Imagine the day when mammograms will be unnecessary. Imagine the day when celebrating another year won’t seem so miraculous. Imagine the day when we won’t have to fear for the lives of our daughters. – Imagine, from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure philosophy. Breast cancer is personal for Nancy Forgi. Her grandmother, mother… Continue Reading Cancer survivors’ luncheon highlights race to find cure

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Everybody weighing in on health care reform debate

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Insurance industry organizations, groups representing hospitals, doctors and nurses — as well as groups that represent consumers and the uninsured — have announced studies and plans that reflect both the need for health care reform and their need to shape the dialogue. America’s Health Insurance Plans has released reports showing that Medicare Advantage — a… Continue Reading Everybody weighing in on health care reform debate

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Part oral history and part theatrical performance, Invisible Voices was created to help heal the breach between disabled people — whatever their disability — and people who tend to see them as stereotypes. Part of Ping Chong’s groundbreaking series “Undesirable Elements,” the play tells the story of six Colorado residents through their own words. Four… Continue Reading ‘Invisible Voices’ casting spotlight on disabilities

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Swine flu could overwhelm hospitals

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Swine flu could overwhelm hospitals, health care providers Health experts are predicting a long, possibly deadly, flu season. H1N1 flu targets the young and reasonably healthy, while regular flu is dangerous for the very young and very old. Both viruses could cause overflow in emergency rooms and intensive care units. Colorado Springs hospitals are preparing… Continue Reading Swine flu could overwhelm hospitals

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The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Finance — which took the biggest blow in the latest budget cuts — will receive a $42 million grant from the federal government. Administered during the next five years, the grant will help health care organizations invest in infrastructure and technology to improve efficiency. Access to medical… Continue Reading Health Policy Dept. receives grant to improve access

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Adolescents and young adults diagnosed with blood-related cancers have better long-term survival rates than those who were diagnosed during the 1980s. A study in the journal Cancer, published by the American Cancer Society, shows that significant advances have been made in the treatment of 15- to 24 year-olds with leukemias and lymphomas; however, survival rates… Continue Reading Survival rate for young adult cancer patients increasing

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This year’s flu season is going to be a bit more complicated — thanks to the presence of the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu. Hoping to avoid last spring’s chaos with schools and businesses closing whenever there was an outbreak, public health officials are encouraging businesses, colleges and schools to prepare for the… Continue Reading Businesses urged to prepare for outbreak of swine flu

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Program shows success with pay for performance

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Pilot programs that reward doctors and hospitals for performance and quality medicine pay off in terms of financial savings and patient health. During the past five years, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has been rewarding doctors in private practice, as well as hospitals, for improving the quality of care and reducing the effects… Continue Reading Program shows success with pay for performance

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A growing chorus of health care providers believes something is missing from the debate about reform — personal responsibility, an individual pledge to move toward wellness. “We have a huge disease burden, said Dr. James Rohack, president of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association who was in Colorado Springs last week. “Obesity… Continue Reading When will wellness enter the health care debate?

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When homeowners are confronted with impending foreclosure, they often will file for bankruptcy. The act of filing for bankruptcy causes an “automatic stay,” which stops creditors from taking action, thus preventing a foreclosure, said Michael Sousa, assistant professor at Denver University’s Sturm College of Law. Sousa said that if homeowners have unsuccessfully tried other means… Continue Reading Bankruptcy, foreclosures and living the life thereafter

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